Chattanooga Now Celebrate Swiss heritage

Chattanooga Now Celebrate Swiss heritage

July 29th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout


What: Celebrating the Swiss Heritage Festival.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Stocker-Stampfli Homestead & Farm Museum, Gruetli-Laager, Tenn.

Admission: $5 adults, free for students.



From I-24 in Monteagle, take Highway 41 to Highway 56 North. Follow through Tracy City and Coalmont. Turn right on Highway 108 East to Gruetli-Laager. Turn left onto 20th Avenue at the old post office (look for large sign over highway). At the Swiss Colony Cemetery sign, turn right and travel past the cemetery to the Stoker-Stampfli Homestead & Farm Museum.

The Grundy County Swiss Historical Society will open "a window into Swiss life in the mid 1800s" Saturday at the Stocker-Stampfli Homestead & Farm Museum in Gruetli-Laager, Tenn.

The annual Celebrating the Swiss Heritage Festival will feature demonstrations by Bernese Mountain dogs, displays of primitive farm skills, tours of the house and farm buildings, storytelling, hay rides, arts and crafts vendors and samples of authentic foods.

The celebration opens at 10 a.m. (all times are Central and the schedule is subject to change). The band Die Musik Meisters will perform at 10:15 a.m.

Old-time skill and craft demonstrations are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., along with a history of the dogs that carried milk and cheese from farm to dairy by the Chattahoochee Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Atlanta.

Historian Clopper Almon is expected to be available to sign copies of "The Swiss Colony at Gruetli," a 1930s work by Frances Helen Jackson that Almon has spent years updating.

Die Musik Meisters will perform again at 12:30 p.m. Their show will be followed at 1 p.m. by tastings of local wine and cheese at the concession stand, as well as a second demonstration of old-time skills and the Bernese Mountain dogs.

Die Musik Meisters will take the stage a final time at 1:45 p.m. The festival concludes at 4 p.m.

Vendors will have a variety of foods available, including brats, kraut, barbecue, Swiss chocolate, Swiss cheese. Visitors 21 and older may partake in local wines and German beer on tap.

Proceeds from the event go toward preservation efforts at the farm.